KwaZulu-Natal health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, says his department is ready to establish a traditional medicine directorate to bolster attempts to curb HIV and AIDS.
Dhlomo, who addressed thousands of traditional healers at KwaDukuza over the weekend, said that out of a population of 10.4 million in the province, three million people are HIV positive.
He said the new directorate will be able to document traditional medicine information and coordinate research and development of information systems. He further stated that it would operate as a centre of excellence in traditional medicine by fostering collaborative linkages with universities and research institutes.
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